Adam Lent to lead NLGN think tank September 27, 2016

Leading localism think tank NLGN has appointed its new director. Dr. Adam Lent is currently Director of Research and Innovation at Ashoka – the premiere global network of social entrepreneurs. He will succeed Simon Parker and take up the post before the end of the year. Adam’s previous roles include Director of the Action and […]

Adam Lent to lead NLGN think tank
Councils emerging as one of the country’s biggest property investors September 12, 2016

While councils are revenue-poor, they are relatively capital rich, investing more than £20bn a year in projects ranging from housing to petrol stations and shopping centres. Despite austerity, councils were actually spending more on capital investment in 2014/15 than four years previously. Local government is using these investments to generate revenue to prop up hard-pressed public services, with a handful of smaller councils using their income to become independent of national grant funding.

Councils emerging as one of the country’s biggest property investors
Simon Parker To Step Down As Director of NLGN July 14, 2016

Leading localism think tank NLGN today announces the departure of its director, Simon Parker, who has led the organisation for the past six years. NLGN will be recruiting for a new director shortly. Simon will be taking up a new post as Corporate Director of Strategy at the London Borough of Redbridge in the Autumn. […]

Simon Parker To Step Down As Director of NLGN
Transparency is key to the next stage of devolution Abigail Gilbert, July 13, 2016

Central Government need to be much clearer about what they want from devolution and much more willing to create the conditions to achieve it. This is the key finding from a new research report from NLGN supported by PwC. The findings come from an intensive 48-hour ‘gaming’ session based on a realistic but fictional Combined Authority undertaken by leading Chief Executives, politicians and thinkers.

Devolution Revolution: The next steps to deliver outcomes
Give cities control over a third of corporation tax to fix UK’s stalling productivity July 6, 2016

Cities across the UK must be given control over a third of corporation tax to help them fix the country’s underperformance on productivity, a new report by think tank NLGN argues today. It is well-established that Britain suffers from poor productivity growth compared to its international rivals, and this problem may worsen post-Brexit as high growth companies consider relocating their operations.

Give cities control over a third of corporation tax to fix UK’s stalling productivity
Find a way to keep faith with arts and culture April 13, 2016

In partnership with: “Find a way to keep faith with arts and culture” Arts Council Chair urges local authorities as arts and culture funding falls Sir Peter Bazalgette urged local authorities to work with the Arts Council to back local arts and culture in a speech today at the New Local Government Network Hub in […]

Funding Arts and Culture in a Time of Austerity
NLGN Director comments on Scottish Labour proposals for local taxation March 22, 2016

Commenting on Scottish Labour’s proposals to abolish Council Tax in favour of a new local property tax and devolve powers over tax to local government in some circumstances, Director of New Local Government Network Simon Parker said: “Local taxation is broken across the United Kingdom. The system is regressive, fails to reflect changes in property […]

NLGN Director comments on Scottish Labour proposals for local taxation